Essential functions of the job may include but are not limited to the following:
- Work directly with children in class activities and projects; plan age-appropriate activities and adhere to established schedule; ensure health and safety of children; prepare snacks; maintain program records.
- Evaluates the individual needs of each child, maintaining child assessments and records.
- Prepare classroom for class activities.
- Builds home/school relationship with families, including ongoing communication.
- Creates and maintains a clean, safe, nurturing, and positive environment conducive to the growth and development of young children using effective positive behavioral interventions and supports.
- Participates in team teaching efforts, attends staff meetings, development opportunities, and school functions.
- Adheres to all state, federal and local laws.
Other functions of the job include but are not limited to the following:
- Teach developmentally appropriate activities and sills (getting dressed, hygiene, mealtime serving & opening/closing containers & bags). A goal for your students should be for them to need very little help accomplishing tasks in the classroom. Help students develop independent skills. Allow age appropriate risk taking (a great way for children to learn and retain their physical and sometimes mental limitations.
- Teach monthly themes, colors, shapes. Concepts referring to size, value, same/different. Positional directions/words (right/left, up/down, under/above, around/through, etc.) days/months.
- Use literature to enrich daily lessons including knowledge of favorite or popular authors and illustrators.
- Implement a system to encourage and increase oral speaking skills.
- Encourage parent involvement, obtain information for parents when requested, promptly return phone calls and emails.
- Other duties assigned.
Knowledge Skills and Ability Required:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Valid State of California Child Development Teacher Certificate
- Minimum of 12 units in Early Childhood Education (ECE), with plan to complete teacher certificate
- Health Screening and fingerprint clearance through Community Care Licensing required
- Experience working with preschool age students.
- Demonstrate warm and welcoming demeanor when interacting with children and families.
- Knowledge of all aspects of childhood growth and development (including typical and atypical)
- Ability to establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.
- Ability to communicate clearly, both orally and in writing.
Physical Requirements for Preschool Classroom Teacher:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; talk or hear; and taste or smell. The employee frequently is required to walk and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distance, color, peripheral visions, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions. The noise level is the work environment is usually moderate.